To mark its 150th anniversary, National Bank Financial Group is organizing a contest for its clients

Montreal, 23 March 2009 - 

Following the "Happy Anniversary" campaign to celebrate National Bank Financial Group's 150 years of business, clients will get their turn to blow out the candles!

A special contest will be held and a total of $150,000 in prizes will be awarded. From March 30 to May 4, five $5,000 Escalarater* GICs will be drawn each week to thank clients** for 150 years of doing business with National Bank Financial Group.

The contest rules and details are available online at www.nbc.ca/candles and in the branches.

Legal notes
*3-year term.
**On March 22, 2009, 23:59 p.m. ET and residing in Canada. Certain restrictions apply. No purchase necessary.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644